The Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha has issued showcause notices to Gurunath Meiyappan (Chennai Super Kings) and Raj Kundra (Rajasthan Royals) seeking their reply on the quantum of punishment for betting during IPL matches in 2013. India Cements, the owners of CSK, have also been issued a similar notice. (Dalmiya returns as BCCI Boss)
Meiyappan is the son-in-law of former BCCI president N. Srinivasan, who is the managing director of India Cements. Kundra is a Rajasthan Royals co-owner and is the husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.
The three-member Lodha panel has asked Meiyappan and India Cements to reply by March 11. Kundra and Rajasthan Royals will have to reply the next day. Both hearings will take place in Delhi. Lodha is the ex-Chief Justice of India. (Srinivasan Says Sorry to Supreme Court)
The Supreme Court appointed the powerful Lodha Commission on January 22 this year, the day it delivered its verdict on the IPL scam after almost 18 months of hearing. The panel will examine the BCCI constitution and will attempt to streamline it.
The judges had barred Srinivasan from holding any position in the BCCI for having commercial interests in the cricket Board. Srinivasan was desperately seeking another term as BCCI president but pulled out last week. Meyappan's involvement in betting also weakened Srinivasan's ground. On Monday, Jagmohan Dalmiya was appointed as BCCI's new chief.
The controversial 6.2.4 clause in the BCCI constitution had allowed administrators to have commercial interests in IPL and T20 tournaments. The Supreme has already quashed this clause that enabled Srinivasan to wear multiple hats as a BCCI administrator since 2008.
(With inputs from A. Vaidyanathan)